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Manship School of Mass Communication

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LSPA Summer Institute

The Louisiana Scholastic Press Association hosts its Summer Institute each summer on LSU’s campus. Formerly known as the Louisiana Scholastic Journalism Institute (LSJI), LSPA’s Summer Institute provides an intensive one-week training program for high school sophomores, juniors, seniors and incoming college freshmen. Sponsored by the Manship School of Mass Communication and the Louisiana Association of Broadcasters (LAB), LSPA Summer Institute’s mission is to provide students with the skills needed to produce top-notch scholastic media, including newspapers, broadcast, yearbooks and multimedia. Students work closely with faculty and media professionals utilizing Manship’s state-of-the-art laboratories and production facilities. They build strong journalism skills and receive a preview of the college experience, while spending five nights under supervision in one of LSU’s residential facilities. LSPA Summer Institute is recognized as the Southeast’s No. 1 high school media-learning program. 

Build Your Skills In...

  • Writing
  • Editing
  • Design
  • Videography
  • Photography
  • Multimedia production
  • Social media and the new frontier of digital journalism

LSPA’s Summer Institute helps you explore and experiment, bringing to class your own journalistic skills and unique point of view. The program gives you an understanding of where journalism and journalists are headed in the digital world.


What will I be doing?

You will utilize the Manship School’s advanced broadcast studios and writing laboratories to learn the fundamentals of media: writing, editing, design, videography, photography and more. You’ll discover new techniques and tools to improve your skills as well as the quality of your school’s publications and broadcasts. Activities include workshops, production projects, guest speakers and field trips to professional media organizations in Baton Rouge.


Who can attend?

High school sophomores, juniors and seniors interested in journalism and mass communication and/or those involved in the school newspaper, yearbook or broadcast news program. 


Where will I stay?

You will stay in residence halls located on the LSU campus. Most meals will be in LSU dining halls. Faculty members and graduate students closely supervise all activities.   


What is the cost?

The program fee is $550, which covers housing, meals, and costs for materials and activities. Participants are responsible for travel expenses to and from the LSU campus. Scholarships for Louisiana students who demonstrate financial need are available, thanks to support from the Louisiana Press Association and the Louisiana Association of Broadcasters.


Is financial assistance available?

Scholarships are available to Louisiana residents who demonstrate financial need. You may apply for a scholarship that covers partial cost of the workshop, provided by the Louisiana Association of Broadcasters and the Louisiana Press Association. Scholarship applicants must submit a registration fee of $150, which is refundable should the applicant be awarded a full scholarship. 

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About LSPA

The Louisiana Scholastic Press Association reaches out to high schools through an annual conference in the fall of the school year, providing for an exchange of ideas, workshops and team building, which lasts through the year. In addition, LSPA sponsors a yearbook, newspaper and broadcast competition in which high schools vie for trophies and recognition – the highest being that of All-Louisiana. LSPA also provides high school advisers with the latest information from the Student Press Law Center, Journalism Education Association and The Poynter Institute. LSPA is housed at the Manship School of Mass Communication at Louisiana State University. Its membership is open to any Louisiana high school teacher who acts as an adviser to a high school newspaper, yearbook, television, radio or web entity.